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Fanwood Memorial Library Policy Manual
Section: Library Operations

Subject: 2.11 Unattended Children


The Fanwood Memorial Library welcomes Library use by children. Staff members are available to assist children with Library materials or services. The Library desires to provide a safe and appropriate environment for visitors of all ages. The Library, however, is a public building with staff trained to provide public Library services. It is not the Library’s role, nor is it equipped to provide long or short-term child care.

For the safety and comfort of children, a responsible adult or caregiver must accompany children younger than 10 years old while they are using the Library. While in the Library, parents and caregivers are responsible for monitoring and regulating the behavior of their children, who are expected to behave appropriately.

Parents and caregivers are reminded that libraries are public places. In libraries, as in all public places, "stranger danger" is a concern. Library staff cannot prevent children from interacting with or leaving the Library with persons who are not appropriate caregivers. The Library cannot be responsible for any consequences of caregivers forfeiting their responsibilities.

Library staff members will be guided by this policy in situations, such as:

  • An unattended child is found frightened or crying in the Library

  • An unattended child is perceived to be endangering him or herself, or that another person in the Library poses a perceived threat to the unattended child

  • An unattended child has not been met by a responsible caregiver at closing time
After evaluating the situation, Library staff members will attempt to contact the parent or guardian of an unattended child. In the event that the parent or guardian cannot be reached, the child will be placed in the care of the Fanwood Police Department.

Board of Trustees
Approved: June 8, 2009
Revised: February 8, 2016

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